updated 12/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
I miss the presence of Jane Pauley (PEOPLE, Dec. 5) in my living room each morning, and I'm eagerly awaiting her return to the Today show. She epitomizes the down-to-earth, hardworking woman of our time.
Finally an interview with a celebrity who doesn't suffer from an overinflated sense of the importance of her pregnancy to the rest of the world. After listening to several of these mothers-to-be in the limelight, I was beginning to think that these women were only conceiving in order to serve as role models. How refreshing to read "I just want to have kids." No words of advice, no exercise regimen. I wish Ms. Pauley and her husband beautiful, healthy babies.
Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Father Ken Myers
Your story on Father Myers and the orphanage he started in El Salvador touched me, and I would love to make even one of those 180 children smile. I have always lived in a warm and loving environment, one in which I never had to worry or be afraid. I want to share some of that happiness with these children who are less fortunate. You said they need clothes, shoes and toys. Please print an address to which I can send a contribution.
Cara Sue Leonardi
Gifts of money are more useful to the children in Father Myers' orphanage than toys or clothing. Shipping is difficult and expensive; it sometimes costs more to mail a toy to El Salvador than the toy cost to buy. Checks can be mailed to: COAR, c/o Rev. Ken Myers, 1031 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114
I was moved by your article on the orphanage in El Salvador. By contrast, the money that President Reagan insists on sending to the military government of that country, it seems, is only serving to fill Father Myers' orphanage with still more homeless children who have lost their parents.
Let's lift a glass to actor Cliff Robertson for what his act of courage has meant to fellow performers. He stood up and was counted for all of us. And in any time, especially ours, if that's "taking care of No. 1," then Cliff has added new meaning to the language.
John P. Connell
VP, Screen Actors Guild
New York City
Ralph Nelson's description of Cliff Robertson was accurate in one aspect only—there are "two Cliff Robertsons"—the one he worked with, and the one I worked with. The man I worked with was always on time, or early. When things went wrong, he usually blamed himself. They don't make them like that anymore.
New York City
I'm green with envy. Dina Merrill has everything. Good looks, money and Cliff Robertson, too. Sometimes life ain't fair.
Mary Tyler Moore
After reporting the happy event of Mary Tyler Moore's wedding, why was it necessary to add all the negative comments? Your insinuation that MTM married a younger man to "even the score" with her former husband was laughable. What does age have to do with her new-found happiness? PEOPLE, why couldn't you have just wished Mary well?
Since Mary Tyler Moore, Olivia Newton-John, Linda Ronstadt and Carly Simon are taking all the men my age, should I start hanging around high schools to find a boyfriend? Is it illegal to marry a minor?
Iowa City, Iowa
Why is it that when some old duffer runs off with a bimbo half his age no one bats an eye; yet when a woman marries a younger man seemingly rational adults find the whole thing appalling? And if Ms. Moore has many other "close chums" like those you quoted, God help her. What's wrong with her husband talking about medicine, which is his profession? And where is it written that looks are any criterion of a person's worth? Many women would be thrilled with a 30-year-old cardiologist—even if he looked like Jabba the Hutt. Forget walking on the moon. When we finally decide to respect the right of everyone to make his own best choice, whether in politics, religion or love, then we will truly have taken a giant step for mankind.
Donna Ramsey Land
It is 120 years since Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but a prosperous young man such as Todd Bridges of Diff'rent Strokes is still denied the simple decency that white people such as myself take for granted. What is it that people are so afraid of? After all, white people are the majority and hold all the aces. No one in this land can be free until we all are. Meanwhile, Todd, hang in there. You have more friends than you know.
New York City
Thanks for your article on Duran Duran which showed that they aren't just five pretty guys playing pansy pop music, but five real people who are serious musicians.
My mother buys your magazine every week, and your article on Culture Club actually got her to like the group. A miracle! I knew, since we all respect PEOPLE, that she would at least consider Duran Duran if they caught your interest. Now at least she doesn't moan in distaste when she walks into my room. In fact, I think she ogles my DD posters—all 25 of them. Thanks.